The Beauty of Imperfection

The Beauty of Imperfection

Wabi Sabi Mended Vase

“There is a crack in everything,
that’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

“We are all flawed creatures, all of us.
Some of us think that means we should fix our flaws.
But get rid of my flaws and there would be no one left.”
Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli

“Wabi-Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities:
Nothing lasts,
Nothing is finished,
Nothing is perfect.”
Richard R. Powell

Ah, the beauty of Imperfection. This is the core of Japanese aesthetic.  Evanescent and incomplete, wear and tear, full of character, rich with history – the kind of beauty that sees the natural course of life as the epitome of allure and value.  The Japanese call this Wabi-Sabi.  And I’m pleased to report that it’s more than art.  It is a philosophical and spiritual way of life.

I think our modern culture could be all the richer for this mindset.  In a world where perfection is the goal: wanting more, doing most, being best – and getting there is too often an exhausting journey, Wabi-sabi veers us off the road to Crazy Town and sets us gently in the high country where we can breath the fresh air and view life and ourselves with perspective – with authenticity over perfection. Continue reading

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Full of Years

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“In the end, it’s not the years
in your life that count.
It’s the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The purpose of life
is a life of purpose.”
Robert Byrne

 

In scripture, there is a thought-provoking expression attributed to one’s life. Periodically, when a prophet dies, the verse says he died “full of years.”  The phrase is used to describe Abraham, Isaac, Job, and King Benjamin.  Here is the verse about Abraham.

And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years.
Genesis 25:7-8

Now, “Full of years” could be thought of in several ways.  It could mean a large number of years.  After all, Abraham was 175 at the time of his death, Job was 142, and Isaac lived to be a whopping 180 years old.  Whew, that’s living long!  “Full of years” could mean a lot of years.

Yet, it might also describe a life full of usefulness. A life permeated with meaning, and packed with purpose.  Maybe it means that in the years allotted to them, these good men fulfilled everything they set out to do, or were meant to do. Continue reading